Team Lotus, the Formula One team that brought the much-loved Lotus name back into Grand Prix racing last year, has just announced that their “implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, has enabled them to achieve full control and visibility of purchasing and stock during this period of rapid growth.”
“Team Lotus has expanded beyond all recognition in the past two years. In October 2009, it had only 11 members of staff, six subcontract designers, four or five suppliers, and a handful of desktop computers with computer aided design (CAD) software, occupying the company’s barn headquarters (HQ) in Norfolk, England.
Within 12 months, the company had grown to almost 200 employees, a fully functioning CAD system and a full rollout of Dynamics AX, managing 720 suppliers,” Microsoft stated in a press release.
The ease with which Team Lotus was able to integrate and deploy Dynamics AX to help them manage their 720 suppliers, certainly helped the organisation reap benefits quickly.
Richard St Clair-Quentin said: “Microsoft Dynamics AX implemented by eBECS is the best solution for our needs. The interface is familiar, which is helpful when the team is growing so quickly and in such numbers, it is scalable so it can expand with our needs and it gives us solid financial governance and support in our fast moving enterprise.”
Clair-Quentin explains: “It was imperative to us that the ERP system strictly control and manage our stock. Our cars are highly engineered and we use expensive materials, such as carbon fibre and titanium, so we have to be sure that we have full control and visibility over purchasing, manufacturing, stock holding and material consumption, all of which is underpinned by Dynamics AX.” One of the key considerations has been the sheer number of drawings processed, which can amount to over 100 every day, and in addition, the component parts that go into the creation of a Formula One racing car. At any one time, Team Lotus HQ can hold between 5,000 and 10,000 separate components, all of which need to be purchased and stored before they are used in the manufacturing process.